While she was initially informed that she'd be able to gain access, the decision was apparently reversed after the government caught wind of a controversial incident from 2015, in which Perry donned a bright, glittery dress with sunflowers on it during a performance in Taipei, the capital of Taiwan.
"For every artist who wants to perform in China, officials comb through their social media and press reports to see if they have done anything deemed to be offensive to the country", the insider said.
"The news reports I've been reading from the USA here in Shanghai regarding this year's Victoria's Secret Fashion Show are not an accurate reflection of what I'm seeing and experiencing on site".
But according to Page Six sources, Gigi, who confirmed in August that she had been booked to walk in the show, was banned because of an Instagram video that showed her mocking Asians while posing with a Buddha-shaped dessert. "Maroon 5 was banned a few years ago because one band member wished the Dalai Lama happy birthday on Twitter".
"I'm so bummed I won't be able to make it to China this year". This time it's a musical performer: Katy Perry. Gigi apologised on China's Twitter-like Weibo on September 1, declaring her "respect and love for the people of China".
The show will air November 28 on CBS. Many including ulia Belyakova, Kate Grigorieva and Irina Sharipova from Russian Federation, as well as Dasha Khlystun from Ukraine were all denied the requisite visa.